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I want to be able to use another Anti-Virus, though not necessarily uninstall McAfee altogether. Can someone tell me how to disable McAfee?
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Should just be able to right click and hit disable from the dock/toolbar.
Or double click on the icon on your dock and open it up and it should have a disable / turn off option.

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Best to uninstall... Some anti-virus software can conflict with each other.
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Yes uninstall completely and run Microsoft Security Essentials om the partition. It is free and simple to update against Windows viruses, malware etc.

https://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Absolutely agree with harry. Get rid of McAfee by using the uninstall procedure that's available in the Windows 7 "Programs" from Control Panel. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and actually does a better job than most commercial cost packages.
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I 3rd Harry and chscag. McAfee was a pretty decent Antivirus program way back when, but of late I really don't like it. There still should be a way to disable it but you might be better off with MS Security Essentials! Norton and McAfee seem to take a lot of system resources compared to other free solutions.
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Alright thanks I uninstalled it completely.

Though I kinda disagree with the Microsoft Essentials thing being reliable. I doubt any free antivirus software is. I use Kaspersky for now. Not only has it kept me virus-free, but it's all cool looking and makes awesome high-tech sounds.
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It actually isn't that bad but one has to wonder if they will continue to develop it or drop it likes they do so many of their products.
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Alright thanks I uninstalled it completely.

Though I kinda disagree with the Microsoft Essentials thing being reliable. I doubt any free antivirus software is. I use Kaspersky for now. Not only has it kept me virus-free, but it's all cool looking and makes awesome high-tech sounds.
Yea, lots of free AV's are reliable.
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Comparatives & Reviews

Avira is my AV of choice.
I run Avira with Comodo Firewall, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware. Never got a virus on any of my computers.

Yes, Kaspersky is a highly rated paid AV, because it combines all of the above in one. But if you don't have money, free is the way to go.
And here's this: The best free security software
And here's for paid solution: Best Internet Security Suites 2011 Buyers Guide

But if you look at comparing the free and paid solutions, there are no real differences.

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i use avast free antivirus and it works good and doesnt slow down the computer. it found things the first time that i scanned it that ms essentials and avg didnt find. and if i go to a website that trys to give it i a virus it usually blocks it. another program that i really like to run with avast is mal-ware bytes anti- mal-ware. it is also free and the only issue is the free version you have to manually update it and scan your computer. Those are my favorite.
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i use avast free antivirus and it works good and doesnt slow down the computer. it found things the first time that i scanned it that ms essentials and avg didnt find.
This is more than likely a case of false positives. All AV's have a directory they search and somethings that could be considered harmful are are defined differently by each AV. Nonetheless, Avast is a very good AV.

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